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Toys For Kids: A Guide To Buying Age-Appropriate Toys

by Ishi Bansal

Kids learn in different ways during different times of their development. What was exciting and interesting to a child at age two may become boring when they turn four. Trying to find play items that intrigue and stimulate a child can be difficult. There are thousands of choices on the toy aisles, each one claiming to be the best.

And parents aren't the only ones making the decisions. As kids age, they want a part in the selection process. TV advertisements and peer pressure push children into demanding "must-have" toys, even if they're not age appropriate. And as most parents quickly discern, the most popular toys are usually the most expensive and the hardest to find.

Most toys come with an age recommendation. This recommendation is based on a number of factors, including the age of the child, the expected motor skills, and the level of maturity. However, age labeling should be taken with a grain of salt. Kids mature at different rates, so it's important to think about your child's capabilities when selecting a toy.

Here are some guidelines and suggestions for choosing age-appropriate toys:

No matter the age, remember that safety is the key. Is the child mature enough to handle and understand the toy? While a child may want what's pitched in the latest TV ad campaign, buying age-appropriate toys is the best way to insure that your child will have a fun, interesting, and safe childhood.